Will the cyclamen plant come back every year? Is it a...

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Question: Will the cyclamen plant come back every year? Is it a perennial or an annual?

Answer: Cyclamen is a tuberous perennial. In warmer climates (Zones 6-9), it may be planted in the ground and will reappear every year. In colder areas of Zone 6, it may be wise to add an extra layer of mulch to protect it from harsh temperatures during the winter. In colder areas, such as Zone 5 and North, cyclamen can be planted outdoors in either pots or directly in the ground, but the pots or tubers should be brought indoors in the fall. Otherwise, the cold temperatures will kill the plant. If it is brought indoors, it can be treated like a houseplant during the winter and then brought outside in the spring.